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  • All fields: McFarland Gold Star Mothers
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    • Alvin Edwards

    • World War I; World War, 1914-1918; Soldiers
    • Portrait of Alvin Edwards, McFarland soldier killed in World War I.
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • Nelson family

    • World War I; World War, 1914-1918; Rural families
    • L to R, in front of the Nelson farmhouse on Elvehjem Road, McFarland, Wisconsin, Helmer at age 16, Caesar the dog, Ole Nelson, Mary Nelson, Dorothea Nelson.
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • Article about Gold Star Mothers Nelson and Edwards

    • History; World War I; World War, 1914-1918; War and families
    • Newspaper article covering the Gold Star Mother Pilgrimage of Mrs. Ole (Mary Lyster) Nelson and Mrs. Theodore Edwards.
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • Album: Helmer Nelson's letters home

    • World War I; World War, 1914-1918; Soldiers
    • Album of McFarland soldier Helmer Nelson's letters between August and September, 1918, to his family. The album also includes postcards and photographs of family visitors to his grave in the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery. The album is 9" x 10".
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • WWI Gold Star Mother pilgrimage diary

    • World War I; World War, 1914-1918; Military cemeteries; War and families; Travel
    • Mary Lyster Nelson of McFarland, WI, was a World War I Gold Star Mother who made a U.S. Government-sponsored pilgrimage to the grave of her son, Helmer Nelson. The diary covers the period from June 14 to July 16, 1930, and includes notes on her...
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • WWI Gold Star Mother's "My Trip Abroad" summary

    • World War I; World War, 1914-1918; Military cemeteries; War and families; Travel
    • Mary Lyster Nelson's description of her Gold Star Mother pilgrimage travels to her son Helmer's grave in the Meuse Argonne cemetery, as written down by her daughter, Dorothea. The narrative begins with her June 10, 1930 departure from McFarland, WI...
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • WWI "When the Blue Birds Sing" lyrics sheet

    • History; World War I; World War, 1914-1918; Music; War and families
    • Lyric sheet of song, "When the Blue Birds Sing Their Prayer," dedicated to Gold Star Mothers. Sheet is 8" x 5".
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • Mary Nelson at son's grave

    • World War I; World War, 1914-1918; Military cemeteries; War and families; Travel
    • Photograph of Mary Nelson at her son Helmer Nelson's grave at the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery, France, on June 24, 1930. This date was Mary's 69th birthday.
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • Helmer Nelson, age 4

    • World War I; World War, 1914-1918; Soldiers; War and families
    • Photograph of Helmer Neslon, age 4. Killed in World War I, Helmer's mother, Mary Lyster Nelson visited his grave in 1930 as part of a U.S. government sponsored Gold Star Mother Pilgrimage.
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • Gold Star Mother pilgrimage invitation

    • World War I casualties; War and families; Travel
    • U.S. Government invitation to Mrs. Ole Nelson to make a pilgrimage to Europe to her son's grave. Embossed 5" x 4" card.
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • WWI Gold Star Mother Pilgrimage Medallion Certificate

    • History; World War I; World War, 1914-1918; Cemeteries; War and families
    • Certificate that accompanied pilgrimage medallions presented to each Gold Star Mother and widow pilgrimage participant. The certificate is 8" x 11."
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • American flag presented to Mary Nelson

    • War and families; World War I; World War, 1914-1918; American flag
    • In a ceremony in New York City, each Gold Star Mother was presented with an American Flag. Mary Nelson treasured her flag and waved it during Memorial Day parades in McFarland, WI. The flag is silk, 12" x 15" with a 26" handle.
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • WWI Gold Star Mother scrapbook

    • World War I; World War, 1914-1918; Military cemeteries; War and families; Travel
    • Scrapbook of Mary Lyster Nelson, McFarland Gold Star Mother. Included are local newspaper clippings, postcards from the pilgrimage including trips to Niagara Falls, New York City hotels, the SS Harding and SS Roosevelt, photos and cards from...
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • WWI War Mothers and Widows Official ID Certificate

    • World War I; World War, 1914-1918; Military identification; War and families; Travel
    • The "War Mothers and Widows Official Certificate of Identification," a passport like booklet, was issued by The Secretary of War to World War I Gold Star mothers and widows to grant them access to government transportation for pilgrimage travel. ...
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • SS Harding "Adieu Dinner" Menu

    • World War I; World War, 1914-1918; Ship travel; War and families
    • Menu for USS President Harding "Adieu Dinner" for Gold Star Mothers returning to U.S. from France. Menu is 6" wide x 9" tall.
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • WWI Gold Star Mothers Identity Card

    • World War I; World War, 1914-1918; Travel identification; War and families
    • American Pilgrimage Gold Star Mothers and Widows Identity Card issued by U.S. Army Colonel Richard T. Ellis. One side of card in English, the other side in French. The card is 5" x 4."
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers
    • WWI Gold Star Mother Passport

    • World War I; World War, 1914-1918; U.S. identification; War and families; Travel;
    • Special Pilgrimage Passport issued to Gold Star Mothers and Widows. Passport is red with gold lettering, 3" x 6".
    • McFarland Gold Star Mothers

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